Here is why Google Play Store won’t be available for Pakistanis from 1st December
Hence, this means that Pakistanis won't be able to download services from the Google Play Store.
Google Play Store, a service through which Android users installed applications, won’t be available in Pakistan from 1st December 2022.
This step came after the State Bank of Pakistan (SBP) canceled payments worth $34 million to foreign service providers. Hence, this means that Pakistanis won’t be able to download services from the Google Play Store.
Media reports that Google Play Store services will be unavailable in Pakistan from December 1. Majority of mobile users may be deprived of downloading apps from Google Play Store.
— Farid Khan (@_FaridKhan) November 26, 2022
Why Google Play Store is suspending services
After the SBP banned the Direct Carrier Billing (DCB) method, payments of millions that are paid annually to overseas service providers, like Amazon, Meta, and Google, were halted.
Hence, this means that Pakistanis will have to download Google and other foreign applications to make purchases through debit or credit cards. However, since the credit card option isn’t available to all customers, the majority might not be able to install applications from Google Play Store.
The Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA), four CMOs, and the Ministry of IT & Telecommunication wrote a joint letter to the State Bank of Pakistan, asking it to reconsider its decision to revoke the DCB payment method. In this letter, the four mobile operators also added that in addition to considerable contributions in form of tariffs, tax, and other levies, the telecom sector is one of the largest donors of foreign investment.
The IT designation of telecom providers was also withdrawn by the SBP, and it was suggested that instances be sent to the bank individually for approval. Due to this, mobile operators complained that they were experiencing delays in getting approvals, which caused disruption in crucial services. These include fraud management software, Office 365, billing management, and more.
If the non-payment issue persists, big companies like Meta, Amazon, and Google will suffer and could stop providing their services. Likewise, the inability of customers to access digital platforms used for day-to-day tasks will be a direct consequence of this.
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